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A graphic and disturbing film about the effects of a devastating nuclear holocaust on small-town residents of eastern Kansas, The Day After was watched by more than 100 million people during its initial broadcast on ABC and is the highest-rated television film in history:
In the mid-1980s, the U.S. is poised on the brink of nuclear war. This shadow looms over the residents of a small town in Kansas as they continue their daily lives. Dr. Russell Oakes (Jason Robards) maintains his busy schedule at the hospital, Denise Dahlberg (Lori Lethin) prepares for her upcoming wedding, and Stephen Klein (Steve Guttenberg) is deep in his graduate studies. When the unthinkable happens and the bombs come down, the town’s residents are thrust into the horrors of a post-nuclear America…
Nicholas Meyer, USA 1983, 12, 127mins
“Who should watch it? Everyone should watch it. Who will be able to forget it? No one will be able to forget it”
–The Washington Post
The film will be preceded by a talk from Dr Daniel Cordle, Reader in English and American Literature at Nottingham Trent University, who will discuss the upsurge in nuclear anxieties in the 1980s that produced the film and outline its contribution to the genre of post-nuclear fiction and film.